This Week in Open Spaces: September 13 – 16

Sep 11, 2018

9/13 to 10/25 Open Spaces, 21c Salons

If you enjoy good conversation about art, mark your calendar with the 21c Salon, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through Oct. 25. The 21c Museum Hotel, located downtown at 219 W. 9th St., hosts this free weekly forum to bring deeper insight to Open Spaces artworks and performances. Learn about this week’s Salon on the Open Spaces Festival Schedule or on the Open Spaces app.

9/13 21c Salon, The Making of Anthracite Fields

On Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m., the widely recognized avant-garde composer Julia Wolfe will discuss the creation of her Pulitzer prize-winning composition, Anthracite Fields. Her talk is part of the Open Spaces 21c Salon series. KC Chorale and Bang on a Can All Stars perform Anthracite Fields the same evening at the Folly Theater. The 21c Museum Hotel, 219 W. 9th St., Kansas City, Missouri, hosts Open Spaces, free, 21c Salons each week.

9/13 Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe

The KC Chorale joins the world-renowned Bang on a Can All Stars to perform Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning, avant-garde composition, Anthracite Fields, at the Folly Theater Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. As part of the Open Spaces “Beyond the Village” performance series, all tickets are $20. Get yours HERE or on the Open Spaces app.

9/15 Uncle Jimmy’s Table, Maura Garcia, The Village in Swope Park

Don’t miss the premiere of dancer and choreographer Maura Garcia’s new production, Uncle Jimmy’s TableAndean musician Amado Espinoza, visual artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe and other local talents join in this collaborative celebration of Indigenous culture, ancestral heritage and environmental connectedness. Maura Garcia Dance debuts Uncle Jimmy’s Table on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Open Spaces Village.

9/15 The Entertainer, Bobby Ray, The Village in Swope Park

Bobby Ray is a Kansas City dancer, director and choreographer. On the Village stage in Swope Park on Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m., Bobby Ray presents The Entertainer, the dynamic portrait of a dancer trying to make it big. Integrating live and recorded music, the performance follows a dancer’s journey through hip-hop, soul, ballroom and musical theatre genres.

9/15 and ongoing, Triangle Learning Workshops in Contemporary Art

Open Spaces workshops in contemporary art take place on weekends in September and October. The free artist-led workshops are called Triangle Learning Programs. Find out about this week’s offering and register HERE.

9/16, Heidi Van’s Elegy for a Lady, Theatrical performance at Birdies underwear shop

Birdies Panties, a Crossroads District underwear shop, is hosting a one-act play! Experimental theater actor and director Heidi Van stages an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Elegy for a Lady at Birdies, for seven Open Spaces performances. Tickets are only $20. Reserve yours through the Events Schedule or on the Open Spaces app. Performances of Elegy for a Lady are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30, and Oct. 1 and 7.

9/16 Marcus Lewis Big Band

Top Kansas City hip-hop and jazz talents meet in a Sunday concert in Swope Park on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. Big band leader Marcus Lewis’s groundbreaking arrangement, Brass and Boujee, provides rich layers of swinging and soloing instrumentals for leading Kansas City rap vocalists. The concert is free at the Open Spaces Village.

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9/16 Elegy for a Lady, Heidi Van’s theatrical performance at Birdies underwear shop.

Heidi Van is an actor, creator and producer of experimental theater. With her Kansas City company, Fishtank Theater, she has made a specialty of presenting theatrical works in intimate and often unexpected places. For this 30-minute adaptation of Arthur Miller’s drama Elegy for a Lady, Van invites us inside Birdies, an intimate apparel shop in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. The play’s dialogue between two characters, a male lingerie customer and the female storekeeper, goes from professional to confessional in unsettlingly short order. The strange closeness that Miller’s characters discover in their conversation is paralleled by the strange intimacy of Van’s staging inside Birdies underwear shop. As part of the Open Spaces “Beyond the Village” series, tickets for this show are only $20. Reserve yours through the Events Schedule at or on the Open Spaces app. Performances of Elegy for a Lady are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 and Oct. 1 and 7, at Birdies Panties!

9/13 Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, musical performance at the Folly Theater

Open Spaces brings a rare musical opportunity to Kansas City when the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece Anthracite Fields comes to the Folly Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.  The chamber music and choral opus, composed by the globally esteemed music pioneer Julia Wolfe, will bring the Kansas City Chorale together with one of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, Bang on a Can All Stars. The All Stars combine acoustic and electronic instruments in settings that champion innovative new compositions. Their renowned musical project embraces all genres and they have partnered with talents such as Philip Glass and Ornette Coleman over their 25-year history. Bang on a Can All Stars have toured to perform Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, collaborating with America’s top choirs, and in this Open Spaces performance they meet the impeccable Grammy-winning talent of The Kansas City Chorale. Anthracite Fields is a tribute to the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners at the turn of the last century. It is vividly descriptive in the poetry of its lyrics and the sounds of its score. Projected images add visual dimension to this deeply American memorial opus. This performance, which also presents shorter works by Gordon and Christian Marclay, is a rare contribution to Kansas City’s musical offerings. As part of the Open Spaces “Beyond the Village” performance series, all tickets are $20. Get yours through the Events Schedule at or on the Open Spaces app.

9/15 Maura Garcia Dance's Uncle Jimmy’s Table, performance on the Village stage

Maura Garcia Dance offers performances featuring choreographic works of Artistic Director Maura Garcia (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) and collaborating artists. Garcia's new work, Uncle Jimmy’s Table, will premiere on the Open Spaces Village Stage on Sept. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. The work expands on her longtime commitment to themes of connectedness. The practice and teaching that characterize Maura Garcia Dance focus on Indigenous traditions, ancestry and a sense of community with both the natural world and other human beings.  Uncle Jimmy’s Table, a deeply collaborative production, will also exhibit a rich connection to our local artistic community. Kansas City visual artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe has created pieces for the set that are literally made from fabric cutouts of the words, “Everything is Connected.” Gardner-Roe, who has worked extensively with incorporating text in her graphic and sculptural art, adds a material connection with writing and language to the staging of Uncle Jimmy’s Table. Andean musician Amado Espinoza will bring his renowned musical vitality to the stage with music inspired by indigenous culture and the natural elements, themes central to the artistic vision inspired by Maura Garcia Dance. With Uncle Jimmy’s Table, Garcia weaves these and numerous other local talents into a one-hour celebration of community and connectedness through time and space. This free performance will take place on the Open Spaces Village stage in Swope Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16.